Gutter & Vinyl Installation FAQ's
General Business Facts
1. Is your company a member of the Better Business Bureau?
Yes, we are registered with the BBB in the state of New Jeresy.
2. Is your company fully insured?
Triton Gutters & Siding is fully insured and strictly adheres to all NJ state labor laws. Furthermore, we have been registered with the state of New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs since 2005 (This became the law for 2006).
3. How many years experience does your company have?
Triton Gutters & Siding was formed in 2004 in order to fill a void in the gutter and siding trade, that being a lack of quality and craftsmanship. Triton's owner has over 15 years experience in these trades, experience that has been passed on from one generation to the next. Triton is part of a family tradition in the state of New Jersey as relatives own companies as well.
4. How many employees does your company have?
Triton has found that bigger does not equate to better, we perform quality work that is heavily supervised and in so doing have found that a solid core comprised of 4-5 employees fits us best. We are a family-run business which employs members of our family.
5. Does your company offer a warranty?
Materials used are backed by the manufacturer's product specific warranties and Triton provides most jobs with a 10 year guarantee on labor provided proper product care is maintained.
6. What is your typical time-frame for job scheduling?
Upon receipt of a signed contract, most gutter jobs can be scheduled within a 1 week time frame and completed within a single day. On the other hand, siding jobs normally can be scheduled within a 2-3 week period with completion times varying from job to job.
1. What is a seamless gutter?
Seamless gutters are formed on the work site in order to match the measurements needed for a particular job. Gutters can be formed ranging from a single foot-long piece all the way to a length exceeding a hundred feet or more.
2. What is a leader or downspout?
These terms are interchangeable. Gutters run along the roof lines in a horizontal fashion, while leaders or downspouts are the pieces that run vertical along the walls of the home connecting the gutter to the ground.
3. How are gutters secured to the home?
There are a variety of acceptable installation methods, which all depend on the specific job specs. However, most homes with a flat fascia board should have gutters installed using hidden hangers fastened with screws. The benefits of this installation method are as follows: (1) they allow the gutter to float at the lip for expansion and contraction, (2) quality hangers will not rust, and (3) hidden hangers are much stronger than other tested installation methods.
4. What colors are available?
Standard color options range from 20 to 25 colors. However, through Alcoa's Dream Color technology the possibilities are almost limitless. Contact us for further information and color samples.
5. What is gutter guard, leaf protection, leaf guard?
The main purpose behind all these terms is to limit or eliminate the need for routine maintenance and cleaning of rain gutters. Currently, there are literally hundreds of products on the marketplace which all claim to achieve the aforementioned goals. However, through our experience and time tested installations we have found a few products outperform the rest, but our favorite and best performing product has to be Alcoa's Leaf Relief gutter protection. Unlike many other products, this gutter guard does not get installed under the roof shingles which can cause leaks and void the roof warranty, it is installed directly in the gutter and rests against the fascia. Furthermore, the water actually goes into the gutter. Click here to learn more.
6. How often should I clean my gutters?
This varies from property to property. Homes surrounded by many trees may want to have gutters cleaned 3 to 4 times a year, while homes with a less amount of trees can get away with a single cleaning per year. Triton highly recommends installing gutter guard in order to limit this routine maintenance.
7. What is the standard aluminum gauge of your gutters?
Most companies install .027 gauge aluminum gutters which are OK, but Triton prefers to install .032 gauge aluminum gutters.
8. What sizes are available in gutters and downspouts?
Standard sizes for residential gutter installations are as follows:
Gutters = 5" and Downspouts = 2x3, dependant on the situation the downspout size may be upgraded to 3x4. Homes with larger roofs and steep pitch lines may opt for a 6" gutter which is always installed along with 3x4 downspouts.
Commercial installations are as follows:
Gutters = 6" and Downspouts = 3x4
Gutters = 7" and Downspouts = 4x5
9. Are there different styles of gutters and downspouts?
There are basically 2 styles of gutters; standard K-style which is the seamless option and Half-Round which is available in 20 foot lengths. Downspouts are available in standard rectangular and round styles. Round downspouts can have a plain or corrugated style.
10. What happens if the wood behind my gutters is rotted?
More often than not, when it comes to replacing gutters on an older home where the fascia board has never been wrapped in aluminum or routinely painted, the wood becomes brittle and or rotted. At the time of the estimate it is difficult to determine this fact. However, before the new gutters are installed it is highly recommended that the wood be replaced.
11. Do copper gutters cost more than aluminum gutters?
Copper gutters cost significantly more than aluminum, due to cost of the material and extra time needed during the installation.
12. How long does a typical gutter replacement take?
Our experienced crew can complete most jobs in 3 to 5 hours.
1. Is your business certified?
Triton Gutters & Siding has been certified through the VSI (Vinyl Siding Institute) and CertainTeed.
2. Can I install siding myself?
Installing siding is not a simple "do it yourself job" and is better left to siding installation professionals who have the necessary skills and equipment to do the job right the first time.
3. Where can I find a competent siding installer?
Your first resource for a recommendation should be family, friends and neighbors who have had similar work done for them. Check manufacturer websites for certified installers. Then, after a first meeting it's a good idea to ask the contractor for other references you can contact.
4. Do I ever have to paint my siding again?
No! Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. The most you ever have to do is give your home a wash down with soap and water once or twice a year.
5. How much does it cost to side a home?
Because we offer numerous brands and styles of siding to fit any need and budget, and because every home and siding job is unique, there is no way to answer this question. The best thing to do is invite a siding contractor to your home so he or she can measure it accurately and discuss other needs you may have.
6. Do insulated siding panels really work?
When properly installed, the R-value of exterior walls increases by as much as 22 percent providing a dramatic enhancement in thermal control.
7. How long does a siding job usually take?
If you've ever painted, you know that the bulk of your time is spent preparing the surface and doing the trim. It's like that with vinyl siding installations, too.
Preparing the Surface. In most cases, your installer will put an insulating board over the existing siding. This substrate provides insulation and a smooth surface for installing your vinyl siding.
Installing the Trim. Next come the corner posts, window and door surrounds, crown molding and other trim elements. With these in place, your contractor will install a starter strip which serves as a "hook" for the siding.
Installing the Siding. At this point, they will begin to install the siding panels, working upwards from the bottom of each wall.
While most jobs take about a week to complete, you should check with your contractor for specifics. The time required will depend on the size and condition of your home, as well as the amount of detailing to be done.
8. What exterior design options do I have with vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile exterior design products you can work with. Triton Gutters & Siding, for example, offers many different vinyl siding lines. That broad selection lets you choose among a wide variety of design options, including horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed "shaped" sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures; plus a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors.
9. What accessories and trim are available?
When you design the exterior of your home, you should think about more than just siding. You'll need trim for windows and doors, and at inside and outside corners. You also may need soffit to finish the underside of eaves, or for a porch ceiling or entry overhang.
With Triton, creating a finishing touch that sets your home apart is easy. Because we offer a complete range of easy-care accessory and trim options. Standard trim lets you merge siding and trim pieces to create a balanced, uniform, look.
10. Should I use vinyl or fiber cement when residing my home?
There are several distinct differences that are worthy of consideration as follows: maintenance, cost, and beauty/color. Hardie siding is a more expensive choice for the initial installation (approx 35%) and maintenance costs over the life of the product. Below are comparisons to help the decision process.
|Vinyl Siding||Hardiplank (Fiber cement board)|
|Requires no maintenance except periodic rinsing with a garden hose or pressure washer.
||Requires the homeowner to maintain (eg: paint) the siding on a periodic basis. FCS will hold paint for a longer period than traditional wood or composite sidings.|
|Can be applied over the old siding after any areas that are rotted or in poor condition are repaired. Very little waste disposal costs.
||Old siding must be completely removed and disposed of prior to applying new siding. There is a considerable amount of material to dispose of|
|With the introduction of high grade durable vinyl products, it would be a huge mistake to compare the beauty to low grade apartment communities or cheap builders grade siding jobs. A high quality job will be pleasing for many years. However, the color cannot be changed since vinyl siding cannot be painted.
||Hardie siding will be aesthetically pleasing for many years. It has a nice wood grain texture and the siding color can be changed if so desired.|